1. I am punching an unnecessary hole in my rowboat - for a trivial reason.2. I will have to dick around with these negative-option cancellation deals. Not worth the stress!3. The carnival barker atmosphere of their website is like police tape roping off a bad deal.4. I tried this service once in a rental van, and frankly, I thought it sucked. 100 sports channels, 100 talk channels, and then 50 music stations playing things you probably don't want to hear, anyway. In other words, I didn't think the service was worth much. Even when FREE, we listened more to our iPod or CDs or over-the-air radio. That is telling.
"In the fourth quarter of 2009, Sirius XM posted a profit for the first time, with a net income of $14.2 million. This came after net losses of $245.8 million in the year following the merger. The company’s resurgence was owed in part to the loan from Liberty Media. Increased automobile sales in the US was also a factor. Sirius XM ended 2009 with 18.8 million subscribers.
By the end of 2012, Sirius XM’s subscriber base had grown to 23.9 million, mostly due to an increase in partnerships with automakers and car dealers; a strong push in the used-car market; and continued improved car sales in the US in general. The renewal of radio show host Howard Stern’s contract through 2015 ($400 million for five years, $100 million less than Stern’s previous five-year deal) was also a factor in the company’s steady growth; Stern’s show attracts over 12 million listeners per week"